Wide-Angle Zoom Runner-Up: Sony 24-70mm G Master II

Sony debuted an update to its pro-grade 24-70mm G Master lens, the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II, describing the new lens as the “world’s smallest and lightest” F2.8 24-70mm zoom. It is, indeed, compact and lightweight at 20 percent lighter and 18 percent shorter than the first-generation 24-70mm F2.8 G Master.

The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II incorporates four of Sony’s XD Linear Motors for autofocus performance that can keep pace with fast-moving subjects and the 30 fps continuous shooting speeds of the Sony Alpha 1 camera. It also offers improvements when recording video, including reduced focus breathing and focus shift when zooming, and includes a new “zoom smoothness” switch to adjust the zoom ring responsiveness with “Tight” or “Smooth” modes. The lens can focus as close as 8.25 inches at 24mm, extending to 12 inches at 70mm.

Of particular interest to outdoor photographers, the lens also incorporates an updated design for dust and moisture resistance, with rubber gaskets protecting the switches and buttons and a seal at the lens mount.

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